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The importance of watching ‘The Last Word’

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Director Mark Pellington makes watching an active and vital function By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: (l-r) Amanda Seyfried as Anne, Shirley MacLaine as Harriet, and AnnJewel Lee Dixon as Brenda in ‘The Last Word’ Rating: R; Grade: B-     Movies are a visual medium, but rarely do they focus on the acting of watching and […]

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Surviving ‘The Belko Experiment’

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ helmer James Gunn dips his quill in blood By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Gallagher Jr. as Mike Milch in ‘The Belko Experiment’ Grade: R; Rating: B+ I take notes during screenings. It is part of a creative and critical exercise, allowing me to document impressions that, truth be told, I rarely […]

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In ‘Kedi,’ cats inspire new levels of humanity

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Watch the culture of Istanbul through feline devotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gamsiz, or ‘The Player,’ one of Istanbul’s featured cats in ‘Kedi’ Rating: Unrated; Grade: A   Every so often, I feel the need to make disclosures at the start of reviews, to own up to personal biases that might skew my takes on […]

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Best supporting weekend

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From comic book action to quirky indie dramedy, Stephen Merchant does it all By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Stephen Merchant as Caliban in ‘Logan’ ‘invests him with a degree of yearning and frustration fitting to both the dark world and his circumstances’ The big box office news from the past weekend focused on the major league […]

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‘Groundhog Day’ meets ‘Mean Girls’

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‘Before I Fall’ slogs through a never-ending day of life lessons By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston in ‘Before I Fall’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D+   Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) is the wannabe mean girl in the cool crowd who has to work the hardest simply to create the kind of persona […]

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Feeling the (Film Independent) Spirit Awards

Moonlight (2016)
Alex Hibbert and Mahershala Ali

Assessing the independent alternative to the Oscars By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: (l-r) Alex R. Hibbert as Little and Mahershala Ali as Juan in ‘Moonlight’ I have always been a sucker for the freewheeling and free-spirited appeal of the Film Independent Spirits Awards. What’s not to love? Instead of the grand presentation full of glitz and […]

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The second time around

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A pair of contrasting sequels highlights the challenges of returning to the familiar By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Riccardo Scamarcio as Santino D’Antonio (left) and Ruby Rose as Ares in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ The current industry preoccupation with sequels, remakes, and reboots, from a narrative standpoint, is all about returning to the scene of the […]

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Celebrating Oscar-nominated shorts

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Experience a brief and thrilling tour of the world through film By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Character Techno Stypes in ‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’ by Robert Valley Film shorts, the long-ignored set of categories at the Academy Awards, fortunately are in the midst of a renaissance of the highest order. In the past, filmmakers with big […]

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When the chase for gold strays down the rabbit hole

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The case for Michael Keaton and Matthew McConaughey in divergent, but still forgettable roles By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc in ‘The Founder’ The last two  weeks have given audiences prime examples of how the awards season can take films and actors, chew them up, and quite ungraciously spit them out—even the […]

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In ‘Jackie,’ a new legend takes center stage

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It is time to recognize the maturation of Natalie Portman By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in ‘Jackie’  Rating: R; Grade: A It could be argued that director Pablo Larraín’s probing new biopic “Jackie” offers a perfect example of what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. Working from a […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]